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North Falls

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

North Falls (Steve Hart)
North Falls from the grotto(Steve Hart)
The huge grotto behind North Falls(Steve Hart)


The two premier waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park have the most prosaic names. North Falls is a 136 foot plunge form waterfall at the head of a large canyon. The grotto beneath the falls might be the largest in the northwest. The Canyon Trail drops down several flights of stairs and passes through the grotto behind the waterfall.

Since North Falls, like most other waterfalls, lies in a deep canyon, it's often difficult to get sunlit photos. When the sun does pop out however, the varied viewpoints create an incredible variety of scenic tableaux.

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Rainbow in the North Falls spray (Steve Hart)
Sunbeams through the trees (Steve Hart)
North Falls from the trail (Steve Hart)
Head clearance is a bit scant in places on the narrow trail (Steve Hart)
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